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LONG    LANCE

hearts of the Prairie Indians, they are not wise.
You Blackfeet are wise. We Nakotas, when we go
down on the plains among the enemy, we Nakotas
trudge along like this/ he said, walking a few steps
like a careless individual. 'But, you Blackfeet;
you are wise. You go about like this5—assuming
a low, crouching stalk—cjust like coyotes/ he
added with a twinkle in his eye, 'you Blackfeet,
you see everything, but nobody ever sees you/

Our braves laughed at this—and the Nakotas
joined in on a hearty, general laugh at the cunning
tactics of our warriors*

The Sukslseoketuk chief told us that If we would
camp on the flats across the river that night, he
would send a party of his tribesmen along with us
the next day, to guide us to the 'Long Flagpole5,,
which Is the name they had given the trading post
on account of a tall pole with a flag at Its top that
stood In front of it. Our chief accepted this offer,
and we pitched our camp there that night,

The next day we started north, accompanied by
fifty of the Sukslseoketuk warriors. We travelled
for six days., keeping always to the edge of the
foot-hills. On the sixth day the Suksiseoketuks
told us to pitch our camp at a point we had
reached late In the afternoon,, and they would
send over a messenger to tell the white people at
the trading post that we were there to see them.

After we had pitched our camp, several of our

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